Aquaculture showing steady growth in QLD
RESULTS from the 2016–17 Aquaculture Production Summary just released at the end of June showed that confidence in Queensland’s aquaculture industry remains steady with a small increase in production last financial year.
The production report showed state aquaculture production grew by 1.1 per cent to more than 7869 tonnes in 2016-17, with the strongest growth shown in the marine fish, eel, sea scallop and crab sector, producing an additional 129.5 tonnes from the previous year.
The gross value of aquaculture production represents 38 per cent of the total state value of fisheries production, and despite industry pressures including white spot disease, the total value of aquaculture decreased by just half a percent to $119.7 million.
While most sectors gained in value, prawns and barramundi maintained their position as the most valuable species.
Prawn farming was the sector’s largest employer with more than 292 full-time employees, down slightly from the previous year. The sector overall employs 530 full-time equivalent workers.
The Queensland Government is keen to see the sector expand.
KEY PRODUCT : Prawn farming is still one of the top Queensland aquaculture performers. PHOTO: JEFF HARRISON.